Depleted Schalke set for another Real hiding in Champions League
Real Madrid have scored in each of their last 32 Champions League games – a competition record. A 7-0 second leg home victory over beleaguered Bundesliga outfit Schalke would see them earn a record aggregate win for the modern era.
Back that eventuality at 90/1 with Coral, who offer an industry best price on Gareth Bale netting a goal anytime at 10/11 too.
Punters may also want to back the Welsh winger and Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard, who is in line to face Galatasaray at Stamford Bridge, in a special scoring double at 9/2.
As Schalke are set to be without eight members of their squad, and are already 6-1 down coming into this trip to the Bernabeu, it borders on lunacy to suggest they are capable of even restoring some pride. Defeat looks inevitable.
Jens Keller’s club are 12/1 outsiders to win the second leg, and a massive 200/1 to qualify for the quarter-finals. It looks hopeless for Schalke because of a spate of injuries.
Losing right-sided pair Jefferson Farfan and Atsuto Uchida, in particular, is a blow for the visitors.
The likes of defenders Dennis Aogo, Christian Fuchs and Felipe Santana, winger Christian Clemens, and holding midfield pair Marco Hoger and Jan Kirchoff are also out.
Carlo Ancelotti will show no mercy to Schalke, however, and he has confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo – the Champions League’s leading scorer and odds-on favourite for the Golden Boot at 1/2 – will start, alongside youngsters Jese Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata in attack.
Spain Under-21 star Morata offers the best value for a goal in the absence of the injured Karim Benzema. Back him at 6/4 to score anytime, which he should do against the walking wounded from Gelsenkirchen.
All signs point to the net bulging often here, so punters can make a packet on the total goals market. Odds on that being over 5.5 are an attractive 9/2.
Real to keep a clean sheet, meanwhile, is 23/20 and a win to nil is priced at 13/10. Back Sergio Ramos and company at the back to shut former Madrid man Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who scored a stunning consolation in the first leg, out.